Vice President Joe Biden this week bragged that he once threatened to kill a boy who had pushed his sister off her bike.
From remarks in New York City speaking to Vital Voices, a women’s charity, at an event “celebrat[ing] men who combat violence against women,” according to the Daily Beast.
I remember coming back from Mass on Sunday. Always the big treat was, we’d stop at the donut shop . . . We could get donuts, and my dad would wait in the car. As I was coming out, my sister tugged on me and said, “That’s the boy who kicked me off my bicycle.”
So I went home — we only lived about a quarter mile away — and I got on my bicycle and rode back, and he was in the donut shop with his parents . . .
I walked up behind him and smashed his head next to the counter . . .I’m not recommending it.
His father grabbed me, and I looked at his son and said, “If you ever touch my sister again, I’ll come back here again and I’ll kill your son.”
Now, that was a euphemism. I thought I was really, really in trouble . . . My father never once raised his hand to any one of his children—never once—and I thought I was in trouble. He pulled me aside and said, “Joey, you shouldn’t do that, but I’m proud of you, son.”
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was not familiar with the remarks when asked about them today, recommending reporters contact the vice president’s office for an explanation of the point Biden was hoping to convey.
I’m not sure that this was exactly what Vital Voices was thinking of when it staged a conference on violence against women, but thanks anyway for your charming and likely apocryphal story, Mr. Vice President.